Dole, Roberts back Kansas AG Schmidt in 2022 governor’s race

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FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, left, appears with former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole during a campaign stop at a mall in Dodge City, Kan. The Kansas political icons on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt for governor in 2022 as Schmidt worked to solidify support among fellow Republicans early enough to blunt a serious primary challenge. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas political icons Bob Dole and Pat Roberts have endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt for governor in 2022.

The announcement Tuesday came as Schmidt worked to solidify support among fellow Republicans early enough to blunt a serious primary challenge from former Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The 97-year-old Dole is a former U.S. Senate majority leader and the 1996 GOP presidential nominee. The 85-year-old Roberts served four terms in the U.S. Senate before retiring early this year.

Both Dole and Roberts said Schmidt can defeat Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly in the November election. Colyer has questioned whether Schmidt is truly a conservative.

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